Exclusive Interview with Born Animal
We are so excited for our readers to get to know you! What have you been creatively up to?
Thanks so much, we’re excited to be here! 2020 has been a rollercoaster like no other, and I think everyone feels that way. There’s been a lot of time spent at home but the isolation has given us a chance to dive into ourselves and explore new ideas. Our new song ‘Last of Your Kind’ is really a result of that exploration. We felt like it was time to cast off the restraints we put on ourselves and do something totally out of the box. There’s never been a better time than 2020.
Do you believe in overnight success?
Adam: I believe in most circumstances that would be called luck. I once heard, “There’s a difference between being lucky and deserving. One’s an accident, the other, a reward. Never get the two confused.”
Ryan: Absolutely not. I think the concept of ‘overnight success’ success is an illusion. When an artist comes out of nowhere and takes the scene by storm, the fans/listeners don’t see the hours and years of hard work that got them to that moment. If someone does ‘go-viral’ but hasn’t prepared themselves for how to harness that, it’s basically wasted potential. If I’m ever fortunate enough to get called an overnight success, maybe my opinion will change haha
Stephen: I wish! Even if an artist’s first published work is successful, that doesn’t account for the countless hours they probably spent honing their craft, experimenting, failing, and ultimately putting together that work. I heard a saying “It takes years to become an overnight success”.
What are you most proud of in your career?
Adam: It took me a longtime to figure out, but right now is the proudest moment in my musical career. We should all work harder to move towards our goals in life, but in doing that it is so easy to not be present. It’s so easy to create a song and then immediately be worried about getting the next one out. I truly am proud right now because I’m happy with what we have created and I love the people I made it with. When I look at my favorite artists it seems that waking up every day and getting to make music you care about with your friends is what true success looks like.
Ryan: I feel like every single song we release is better than the one that came before it. That growth is so important to me. I know that if I continue to grow, I can continue to be proud. All I can ever offer is my viewpoint and my best, and that’s what I always aim for. I don’t think perfection really exists and letting go of that concept has been life changing.
Stephen: I’m really proud of the friends I’ve made, the experiences I’ve had, and the progress I’ve made. I love playing music, and getting better at sharing that craft and working with other artists is the greatest gift I could ask for. Growth is really important and I’m proud of the work we’ve done to get to where we are.
How do you keep positive these days?
Adam: I’m naturally a pretty optimistic person so even now it hasn’t been too hard, but there are certainly moments when it feels like nothing is going right and that you’re worried there’s no point to all the things we do on a daily basis. I find joy in the small wins. I have a lot of interests and hobbies. Any day I get to play a game of disc golf, watch some anime, work on music or participate in any of my other passions is a good day. I always have one or two things that bring a little joy to my life and I make sure to save at least a little time for those passions in my schedule.
Ryan: Oh it’s really hard… I miss going to shows, house shows especially. Since the pandemic I’ve found a lot of solace in cooking shows. Gordon Ramsey cracks me up, he’s compelling. Thankfully we can still record music from home. That’s actually how the majority of Last of Your Kind was made. So that keeps us busy and those magic moments keep us positive.
Stephen: Yeah.. 2020 just don’t quit huh? I think the only thing I can do is focus on the positives and make the most of my time. Can’t go out for drinks or a show? At least I can write music or work on a craft or hobby to better myself. Also, lots of Hell’s Kitchen…like someone should probably send someone to stop me..
What is a musical work that has made a profound impact on you?
Ryan: Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd. My brother Zach showed me the album when I was thirteen. I can even remember where I was, on my back porch in Houston. It was the first ‘concept’ album I had ever been introduced to. It blew me away that 5 songs could be so transcendent and multi-dimensional, yet so relatable. I never knew music could do that. I plan on getting a tattoo to commemorate the record, that moment, and our relationship.
Stephen: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones- Live at the Quick (2002) The first time I listened to that album it blew my mind. I had just gotten into some cooler bass techniques and started playing with a jazz band and we learned some of their tunes. They were so fun and challenging, and opened me up to a lot of genres of music I hadn’t delved into before.
Adam: Ben Rector’s “The Walking In Between.” I remember the moment I first heard that album. It was just another day, but the moment I heard “Ordinary Love” it felt like the first time I’d truly connected with a song on what I had envisioned the perfect love would be like. It’s a more honest and humbling take on what love looks like and was a stark contrast to everything the radio was playing. The whole album hit me like a train and to this day Ben is easily my favorite artist. My favorite part about his music is how much he leans into being an average person and the honesty and emotions his music conveys
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